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Seattle 2010 Trip

Day 9 of 13

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Friday, July 2nd
Rainy Lake, Newhalem Campground hike

It drizzled overnight; while it was still overcast in the morning and would be throughout the day, the day would prove to be mostly rain-free. After breakfast I had to decide on a hike. I was trying to figure out what to do based on the weather, but I wasn't sure if it was going to be much better in the following days. Eventually, I decided on Blue Lake.

We drove east along Highway 20, through the mountains, over passes and alongside and over the Skagit River. After about an hour we reached the Blue Lake trailhead. There was no one else there. Probably the reason for that was the fact that there was still snow at the trailhead at 5200 feet. Yes, even in July. It was patchy snow, but still snow. Considering the fact that the lake was 1100 feet higher than the trailhead, I didn't feel good about our chances of navigating through the snow.

I decided to backtrack about 3 miles to Rainy Pass to hike to Rainy Lake.

On the drive back to the campground, we stopped at a couple spots. First, we stopped at the easternmost Ross Lake overlook. Ross Lake is a 23-mile long lake sitting behind Ross Dam on the Skagit River. We skipped the second overlook and then stopped at the larger Diablo Lake overlook. Diablo Lake sits behind Diablo Dam on the Skagit River. The overlook was quite windy as I walked around, taking pictures. There are several interpretive signs here, in addition to restrooms.

Ross Lake

Diablo Lake

Trees above Diablo Lake

Snow-capped mountains above Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake lookout

We picked up some ice from the general store in Newhalem, then decided to get gas in Marblemount. I wasn't quite sure if I'd need it, but since it was the only place to get gas nearby and we had a little time before dinner, I figured we might as well fill up now. If I had to do it again, I would have just made sure to fill up in Marblemount on the way in.

After returning to camp and having dinner, we did a little Newhalem Campground hike to the Skagit River.

Dinner at the campground

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